Originally planted by Richard Savoy in 1991, the cool climate vineyard has built a reputation for outstanding Pinot Noir and Chardonnay ever since. Richard Savoy first purchased a homestead high above Boonville in 1984 and his passion for Pinot Noir inspired him to see the possibilities of this remote place. The cool nights and warm summer days around the Philo area intrigued him, and, seeking a larger vineyard site in the area, he knew he had struck gold when he discovered a gently sloping southwest-facing pasture near the junction of Gowan Creek and the Navarro River. The ground was prepared, drainage installed, and a pond built. The first vines of Savoy Vineyard were planted in 1991, with additional acreage added every few years throughout the 1990s.
First planted in the 1970’s by Dr. Ferrington, a dermatologist from Santa Rosa, the vineyard was purchased by Kurt and Heather Schoeneman in 1996. The gentle, south-facing slopes of this 70-acre vineyard supply FEL with a single-source Pinot Noir. This wine is a blend of three clones and is always the most forward and precocious of FEL’s vineyard designate Pinot Noirs.
The Wendling vineyard draws its name from the Wendling family, who once owned the booming mill town, and now is the location of the current sleepy town of Navarro. Located in the most northwestern corner of the Anderson Valley appellation and the closest to the Pacific Ocean, Wendling is perched on a steep south east facing hillside surrounded by magnificent redwoods and Doug Fir. While the vineyard’s proximity to the ocean keeps it cool, the presence of a small ridge between the vineyard and the Navarro River provides some protection from the direct force of the ocean breeze and fog.